NAME: Gisele Bundchen|
MEASUREMENTS: 34-24-34 (on her comp card) 36-24-35 (according to Cosmo, March 2000).
BORN: 1980 in Horizontina, Brazil.
DISCOVERED: At age 14 while eating a Big Mac with fellow classmates on a school trip. She later entered the Elite model competition and came fourth.
AGENCY: New York-Elite
INCOME: $5 million US in 1999 and $8 million in 2000. In 2000, for runway shows, Gisele commanded between $7,000. and $15,000. (paid by Tommy Hilfiger to make two turns on his catwalk) per hour. In 2003, the gorgeous Brazilian made $10 million. Gisele has a contract with Victoria's Secret that will make her $30 million between 2004 and 2008. Her current runway rate is $50,000-a-time - putting her at No.76 in the list of the world's biggest earners.
RÉSUMÉ: Has appeared on most of the major magazines covers in the past year. Models in ads for Ralph Lauren, Celine, Christian Dior, Michael Kors, Zara, Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, etc.
KNOWN FOR: Being the biggest, newest supermodel. Nicknamed "The Body".
HOME: She lives in Los Angeles with Leonardo DiCaprio, has a loft in Manhattan's celeb-studded TriBeCa neighbourhood and a country house near Woodstock, NY.
TATTOOS: A star on the inside of her left wrist. She got it after her first night in New York, when she couldn't find a star in the sky to help her pray.
SWEETIE: In late 1999 to early 2000 Gisele split with long-term love, model Scott Barnhill, for fellow countryman (and multi-billionaire) Joao Paulo Diniz. She has since moved on and has been dating Leonardo DiCaprio for several years. She has said that she will not marry Leo until he stops partying and going to strip clubs so often.
OTHER: Gisele has five sisters: Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Patricia (twin) and Rafaela. Gisele was awarded 'Model of the Year' by VHI and Vogue. Gisele is quoted as saying "You know, I'm a normal person is a business that's not so normal." She has a belly-button ring and is rumoured to have breast implants.
Images of Gisele Bundchen are copyright © left to right: Harpers Bazaar, Sept 2000 Rolling Stone magazine